June 2012

The Fir Beam Table with Cutout is fresh on the showroom floor this week. Made from reclaimed Fir beams salvaged from old barns acros the NW, the Firm Beam Table with Cutout works perfectly as a small end table or nightstand.  The table is 14"w x 14"d x 20"h and costs $895.

Fir Beam with Cutout

After many months of collecting scrap wood and a record setting number of votes the overall winner of the Scrap Contest this year is the Timberline Entry Table. This entry table received the highest number of votes in all three categories. The race was really close though. Congratulations to our builder Thomas Dunn, shown below, who designed and built one of the largest scrap contest entries to date made from locally harvest Western Walnut scrap.

wood shop

It's true, brass has made a full comeback - but not like we remember from the '90s. Below are a few examples of how to do brass right - small and unexpected.

Brass - Design Trend

More pictures of this project can be found here.

Portland is a city full of amazing talent and one such company that really proves this is Grove. Grove is a small team of passionate creators that make everything themselves from start to finish. The Grove team designs and makes iPhone Cases and iPad cases out of bamboo and recycled skateboards. Here are some of our favorite designs by Grove along with a few images of their process.


The Joinery challenged their craftspeople, designer, and sales people to develop innovative new products using scrap wood for our third annual Scrap Contest. After much lumber hording and lots of time building and sanding, the pieces are now done and on display.


The Architecture and Legacy of Pietro Belluschi opened last month at the Orgon Historical Society.

Photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Italian born architect Pietro Belluschi, F.A.I.A. spent much of his notable career here in Portland designing local landmarks such as the Portland Art Museum and the Equitable Building (now the Commonwealth Building). The Oregon Historical Society is hosting an exhibit featuring his lifetime of works.


Mixing patterns of different scales and colors has been done for many years but the strong use of bright colors has been popping up frequently within design blogs and publications lately. The photo below from designer Caitlin Wilson is a successful example of mixing patterns. To visit her website click here.

Mixing Patterns, Design Trend

When mixing pattens be sure to vary the scale and subject matter - floral mixed with stripes or dots works well.  Above is a larger floral print paired with smaller trellis type patterns.